Because I work full-time, simply taking off every morning and exploring the city for Project Bangalore is not a possibility. Got to make the moolah to travel, you know?
Which is why, when I stumbled upon the article ‘On Foot: Discovering Bengaluru’s Riveting History’ by Zay O’Yeah on NatGeo’s website (the article unfortunately can “no longer found”), it was like hitting a mini jackpot. The author talks about how, when he first moved here, he would just walk the streets of Bangalore discovering it one step at a time. Sadly, an unfortunate accident put a pause to it, and later Bangalore’s traffic and chaotic roads made it too difficult to resume. But that’s when he learnt about all the walking tours/walking tour companies in the city aka an alternative way to learn about his new found home.
To me, this sounds like a great way to explore Bangalore. Spending time with people who really know the city and meeting other people who are curious about the city, is something that is right up my alley.
There are so many walks that I want to take, I don’t know if it’ll be possible to get to them all. So I’ve decided to take baby steps, and hopefully penning them down and putting it out there in the blogverse will help me get to them, soon. Here are three walks that I’m planning to go on:
- Cubbon Park Walk by Bangalore WALKS: This is a walking tour of one of Bangalore’s green lungs, a term I keep coming across when I read about parks online. For those who don’t know, Bangalore was once referred to as the garden city. Unfortunately, the greenery in the city has reduced drastically. Cubbon Park is one of the few places that still live up to that identity.
- Biryani Walk by Unhurried: Anyone who knows me, knows that I love food. If you’ve been reading my blog, you probably have an idea too. So you can see why this walk is on my list. Unhurried promises a tasting of six (SIX!) different types of biryani on the walk, along with conversations about the area through which the walk will be held – Fraser Town. Biryani with a side of history – yes, please.
- Malleshwaram Walk: All I know about Malleshwaram is that it is one of Bangalore’s oldest neighbourhoods. That, and the fact that travel buddy has been talking of checking it out for quite some time, are reason enough for me to go on a walk through this part of town. Almost all the walking tour companies I know of offer a Malleshwaram walk so I’m not sure which one I’ll pick.
I’ve already been on two walks by Bangalore WALKS – the Military Heritage Walk and the Lalbagh Walking Tour. So I know I’m going to love the walks I have planned.
Now, who’s going to join me?